Saturday, February 27, 2010


(*) Anonymous said...

It's great that you're also re-publishing those photos that won't be included in I-95 on this here blog.

Even the excluded ones are killer shots.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:37 AM

(*) Anonymous said...

re: Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane.

wonder if those are near the Dali prints?

February 25, 2010 11:43 AM

(*) — Automotive Acne, Wed Feb 17 06:39

when I first read the vatican's list... that's the first thing I thought. Tacos would get a kick out of that. Also, had to laugh about the Dylan comment.

(*) Anonymous said...

No wonder you get anxious and sick when deciding I-95. So many good choices and juxtapositions which all seem to work in different ways.

In a way, you're dealing with too much quality...

That's a very good problem to have.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:33 AM

(*) Allan Smithee Says:

re: Tea Baggers are going to eat this up when Fox News gets on this.

Aren’t they all busy crashing planes into IRS buildings?

February 18th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

(*) Anonymous said...

Read somewhere that "War in Afghanistan is like Baseball in America. It's the Afghanis' national past-time."

09 February, 2010 05:51

(*) Allan Smithee Says:

re: it’s ok if you don’t believe in anthropogenic global warming

Pres. Obama said that only so the Republicans wouldn’t seem like idiots.

For the record, when climate models are used, scientists find it difficult to reproduce the current warming trend without including the 40 percent increase in carbon dioxide that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution

January 28th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Free Library of Philadelphia

Fishtown Community Branch
will be closed Thursday,
February 25th.

Singage posted at said location

Note: The Port Richmond Branch will have shortened hours Friday, February 26th.

Hours of Operation will be from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (closing is usually at 5 p.m.)

No reason was given.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

found art

January 26, 2010

Found Art

Hm. Why bother?

Posted by Nomi Lubin at Nomi Lubin Paintings



"Found Art"
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Nomi Lubin said...
Just a temporary post.

January 26, 2010 2:03 AM

Anonymous said...
Why not take a photograph and make a "real" painting to scale?

January 26, 2010 5:16 PM

Anonymous said...
addendum: meant... take the photograph and make a "real" painting to scale?

obviously, you did take a photo.

January 26, 2010 5:18 PM

Nomi Lubin said...
Because that idea doesn't interest me?

January 27, 2010 2:27 AM

Anonymous said...
re: Because that idea doesn't interest me?

Cool. Then I'll do it.

January 27, 2010 12:54 PM

Nomi Lubin said...
Nice. Go for it. I hope I didn't sound to you as snippy as it sounds to me when I reread what I wrote. Didn't intend it snippy. Just was at a loss for explaining why I didn't want to do that.

January 29, 2010 2:11 AM

Anonymous said...
Aw, don't worry Ms. Lubin, you weren't being snippy. Btw, I was kidding about making a painting from your photo but now that you've said ok, I really just might.


Title of Painting:

Blue Landscape (For Nomi Lubin)

Note: Anonymous is Allan Smithee

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bridge (Excerpt)

Cy the Cynic says that when many people finally find a window of opportunity in life, they can't get the darn thing open.

click here for complete column by Frank Stewart

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Free Library of Philadelphia

Fishtown Community
will be closed
Friday, February 19th, due
to lack of security.

Singage posted at said location

Monday, February 15, 2010

Engaging Music Review by Anthony Tommasini

Beethoven, a Refined Classicist of Vienna

Beethoven’s music abounds in Romantic fervor, especially the breakout pieces of his middle years. And the otherworldly mysticism of his late works transcends historical period.

In essential ways, however, Beethoven remained a Viennese Classical composer throughout his life, something that came across eloquently in the Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s all-Beethoven program at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday night.

With this recital Mr. Fellner crossed the halfway mark of his three-year survey of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, which he has been presenting at the Met and in other halls around the world. On this night Mr. Fellner, whose thoughtful musicianship is complemented by his lanky, bookish manner, played a demanding, well-conceived program of five works, ending with the Sonata No. 21 in C, the monumental “Waldstein.” His performances emphasized structural coherence, proportion, textural clarity, dynamic balance, rhythmic integrity and other hallmarks of the Classical style.

For some, Mr. Fellner’s insightful, beautifully self-effacing Beethoven may be almost too refined. In the first work, Sonata No. 12 in A flat, Mr. Fellner played the breezy main theme of the first movement with taste and simplicity. Yet as this movement — a theme and variations — unfolded, he brought a touch of wry wit to his cool playing to let us hear how cleverly Beethoven altered, transformed and varied that seemingly innocuous theme.

He took the scherzo at a fleet tempo, while still bringing transparency to every finger-twisting burst of passagework. In the folklike middle section he brought out what seemed a hint of Austrian schmaltz I had not realized was there. The funeral march was a true march, which moved at a stately pace. I have heard it played more tragically, but Mr. Fellner’s fresh approach allowed the middle section, with its rumbling chords and flourishes, to make more sense: here was a heroic salute to the departed. And every musical nuance came through clearly in his intriguingly subdued performance of the perpetual-motion finale.

Before giving an affectingly reserved account of the “Moonlight” Sonata, Mr. Fellner played its much-less-heard companion piece from Op. 27: the Sonata No. 13 in E flat, a work that in its way is just as fantastical and audacious. There was also an articulate, lithe performance of the two-movement Sonata No. 22 in F.

At first I thought I was not going to like Mr. Fellner’s “Waldstein.” Rather than emphasizing the rhythmic drive of the repeated chord theme of the first movement, he took a restrained tempo and allowed the music to emerge in an eerie, slightly murky rumble of harmony. But I soon came around to his concept, which maximized the architectonic structure of the entire sonata.

The second movement came through as an almost-improvisatory interlude that set up the finale, which Mr. Fellner played with magisterial restraint and myriad colorings. And when the prestissimo coda of the finale arrived, for once it truly seemed a wild and crazy final outburst.

published Monday, Feb. 15th

The New York Times

Note: Till Fellner’s next Beethoven piano sonata recital will be on March 26th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 570-3949,

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On This Date In History

Tuesday, February 09th
The 040th day of 2010.
There are 325 days left in the year.


Today's Highlights in History:

On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.

On Feb. 9, 1910, Jacques Monod, the French Nobel Prize-winning biologist, was born.


On this date in:

1773 - William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.

1825 - The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

1870 - The U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

1942 - Daylight-saving "war time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

1950 - Sen. Joseph McCarthy, during a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. (The Wisconsin Republican never provided any evidence to substantiate his claims.)

1964 - The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1971 - Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.

1984 - Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.

1993 - NBC News announced it had settled a defamation lawsuit brought by General Motors over the network's demonstration of a fiery pickup truck crash on "Dateline NBC."

1999 - The Senate began closed-door deliberations in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.

2002 - Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.

2009 - Following media reports, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cookie Fortune (from Sunday, Jan. 31st)

No man is without enemies.

Learn Chinese:

East - dong

Lucky Numbers:

19, 26, 6, 45, 42, 36

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Update: Penn State climatologist cleared of misconduct

A Pennsylvania State University committee yesterday cleared climate researcher Michael Mann of professional-misconduct charges but said it would further investigate whether the scientist "deviated from accepted practices."

The inquiry was prompted by events in November, when hackers exposed more than 1,000 e-mail messages exchanged among climate scientists, many of which were sent to and from Mann.

No formal allegations were made against Mann, but the university decided to launch the inquiry after a flood of public complaints and accusations against the climatologist.

Mann is best known for using tree rings and other indirect measures to reconstruct Earth's climate over centuries past. Those reconstructions showed temperatures shooting upward in the 20th century in a graph that became known as the "hockey stick."

Yesterday's report, though welcomed by Mann, did not satisfy his critics, who immediately called the university's investigation a "whitewash."

Click Here for complete Philadelphia Inquirer article by Faye Flam

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Good Government

City Hall. Sister Mary Scullion is going from one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" to an arbiter of ethics in city government.

Mayor Michael Nutter has submitted Sister Scullion, head of Project H.O.M.E., to City Council as one of two new members of the independent Ethics Board. He also submitted Nolan N. Atkinson Jr., the first chief of Duane Morris LLP, to Council for approval.

The pair would replace members Richard Negrin and Phoebe Haddon.

via MetroPhilly


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